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Corner from the left by-line taken by Chung-Yong Lee, Header from close range by Gary Cahill misses to the right of the goal.
Kevin Davies takes a shot. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Matthew Taylor, save by Ben Foster. Gretar Rafn Steinsson takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Barry Ferguson by Johan Elmander. Direct free kick taken by Liam Ridgewell.
Stuart Parnaby fouled by Kevin Davies, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Kevin Davies by Liam Ridgewell results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Marcos Alonso, Liam Ridgewell makes a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken by Matthew Taylor.
Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Taylor, clearance by Roger Johnson.
Ivan Klasnic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sebastian Larsson. Direct free kick taken by Sebastian Larsson.
The ball is delivered by David Bentley.
Matthew Taylor joins the action as a substitute, replacing Fabrice Muamba.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gretar Rafn Steinsson by Nikola Zigic. Marcos Alonso crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.
Corner taken by Keith Fahey from the left by-line, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Nikola Zigic on for Cameron Jerome.
Marcos Alonso crosses the ball.
Ivan Klasnic replaces Martin Petrov.
Johan Elmander finds the net with a goal from just outside the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. Birmingham 2-1 Bolton.Assist on the goal came from Kevin Davies.
Stephen Carr goes off and David Bentley comes on. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Sturridge by Barry Ferguson. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Sebastian Larsson, Kevin Davies manages to make a clearance.
Centre by Marcos Alonso, clearance made by Craig Gardner.
Chung-Yong Lee on for Tamir Cohen. Lee Bowyer goes off and Keith Fahey comes on.
Centre by Johan Elmander, Tamir Cohen takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
Martin Petrov takes a shot. Roger Johnson makes a clearance.
Fabrice Muamba concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Gardner. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
Craig Gardner fires in a goal from just outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Birmingham 2-0 Bolton.Assist on the goal came from Cameron Jerome.
Sebastian Larsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marcos Alonso. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Martin Petrov, save by Ben Foster.
Sebastian Larsson takes the inswinging corner, Roger Johnson takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen. Corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson, clearance by Gary Cahill. Centre by Craig Gardner, David Wheater manages to make a clearance.
Marcos Alonso receives a yellow card. Corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov from the left by-line, Kevin Davies takes a shot. Comfortable save by Ben Foster.
Martin Petrov crosses the ball, Kevin Davies takes a shot. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Martin Petrov, Kevin Davies takes a shot. Clearance made by Sebastian Larsson. Marcos Alonso challenges Kevin Phillips unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
Foul by Kevin Phillips on Tamir Cohen, free kick awarded. David Wheater restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Cameron Jerome on Marcos Alonso, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Kevin Phillips takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen. Sebastian Larsson is caught offside. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen. Johan Elmander delivers the ball. Martin Petrov sends in a cross. Gretar Rafn Steinsson produces a cross, clearance made by Stephen Carr.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Roger Johnson by Kevin Davies. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson, clearance made by Marcos Alonso.
Centre by Martin Petrov, clearance made by Stuart Parnaby.
Corner taken by Martin Petrov, Johan Elmander has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.
Effort from the edge of the box by Cameron Jerome goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Shot by Kevin Davies from inside the six-yard box clear the bar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Johan Elmander by Cameron Jerome. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Unfair challenge on Lee Bowyer by Fabrice Muamba results in a free kick. Sebastian Larsson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Tamir Cohen makes a clearance.
Johan Elmander takes a shot. Blocked by Roger Johnson.
Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov, Craig Gardner makes a clearance. The ball is swung over by Daniel Sturridge, Roger Johnson manages to make a clearance. Save by Ben Foster.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Sebastian Larsson. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
Handball by Kevin Davies. Liam Ridgewell takes the free kick. Free kick awarded for a foul by Johan Elmander on Lee Bowyer. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marcos Alonso by Sebastian Larsson. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
Gretar Rafn Steinsson delivers the ball, Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
Craig Gardner takes a shot from 35 yards and missed to the right of the net.
Sebastian Larsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Petrov. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
Martin Petrov delivers the ball, Stephen Carr manages to make a clearance.
The referee blows for offside against Lee Bowyer. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.
Kevin Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Roger Johnson. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell by Kevin Davies results in a free kick. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
Foul by Kevin Davies on Craig Gardner, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Roger Johnson.
Booking for David Wheater for unsporting behaviour. Cameron Jerome fouled by David Wheater, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Barry Ferguson, Gretar Rafn Steinsson manages to make a clearance.
Lee Bowyer gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Cahill. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Handball decision goes against Kevin Phillips. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Marcos Alonso from left channel, save by Ben Foster.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marcos Alonso by Sebastian Larsson. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
The referee blows for offside against Kevin Phillips. Indirect free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Daniel Sturridge has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
Liam Ridgewell fouled by Daniel Sturridge, the ref awards a free kick. Liam Ridgewell takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Kevin Phillips by Gary Cahill results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Barry Ferguson.
Johan Elmander takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.
Kevin Phillips fouled by Gretar Rafn Steinsson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from left wing, clearance by Tamir Cohen.
Kevin Phillips gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Birmingham 1-0 Bolton.Craig Gardner takes a shot. Outswinging corner taken by Sebastian Larsson, Roger Johnson provided the assist for the goal.
Johnson issues rallying cry
Defender Roger Johnson believes Birmingham need four wins to guarantee Barclays Premier League survival and refuses to blame their Carling Cup triumph for a slide into the bottom three.
Johnson is calling on the players to "show why they are at this club" and lift Blues out of trouble, starting with Saturday's home encounter with Bolton.
Alex McLeish's side have taken only one point from three games since their shock Wembley triumph over Arsenal and have been beaten by fellow strugglers West Brom and Wigan.
In addition they lost 3-2 to Bolton in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup at St Andrew's.
But Johnson insists: "The League Cup final took it out of us for a week maybe and you might expect a reaction the following game.
"But certainly not four games after that would you expect it. It's not good enough
"We are a good bunch and it does hurt us to see where we are in the league, certainly after last season (finishing ninth) and now winning the Carling Cup.
"We have talked amongst ourselves about it. We all know we are down there and we need to step things up.
"People have got to start stepping up to the plate and showing why they are at this club."
Johnson and some of his team-mates are quick to vent their feelings if someone is under-performing.
He said: "There are a few of us like that - Stephen Carr as the captain, Lee Bowyer, Barry Ferguson, myself. If something is not right, it needs to be said.
"That's the way it is. If someone is not doing their job, they need to be told.
"We have a lot of experience here, and a lot of international players, and hopefully we can do enough to get safe."
Johnson believes it will take more than 40 points to ensure safety and stresses the importance of City's remaining four home games.
He said: "I think we are going to need four wins and maybe a draw but we are playing the sides that maybe we can get those points against.
"We will be playing a lot of sides who are in the bottom half with us so we will be looking to get four wins to take us over the line.
"The normal 40-point safety line definitely doesn't apply this year. The home games are the ones you've got to be looking to get the results in.
"Four home games out of nine is good to us but we can pick up away results as well.
"But we will certainly be looking to get maximum points from the home games."
Birmingham's leading scorer Nikola Zigic and midfielder Lee Bowyer are poised to return from injury.
Eight-goal Zigic made his comeback from a groin injury by playing for Serbia in midweek, while Bowyer has resumed full training after recovering from a hamstring problem.
But central defender Martin Jiranek is doubtful after undergoing a minor toe operation.
Bolton boss Owen Coyle is short of central midfielders for the clash.
Stuart Holden has been ruled out for six months after damaging knee ligaments in the defeat by Manchester United last time out, while Mark Davies is a major doubt as he continues to battle an ankle injury.
That means Tamir Cohen could make his first Premier League start of the season, with England Under-21 international Fabrice Muamba also in contention.
Bolton may be flying high in seventh place in the Premier League but that does not mean they can take top-flight survival for granted, according to Coyle.
Wanderers are enjoying their best season since finishing sixth in 2004/05 and also have an FA Cup semi-final against Stoke to look forward to in two weeks' time.
Before their trip to Wembley, Bolton must keep their focus on the league, starting with Saturday's clash at Birmingham.
The high of Carling Cup glory has quickly given way to the stress of a relegation battle for Alex McLeish's side, and Coyle is taking no chances despite his side being eight points above the bottom three.
The Scot said: "It could be more than 10 teams involved. We're obviously sitting in seventh but everybody knows if they're on any sort of bad run you can be drawn into that.
"We have to focus on what we're doing, trying to get enough points to keep us moving up the table.
"I don't believe 40 points will be enough this year, I think you'll need more than that.
"Even the team in 20th can beat the team in first position and the quality of the league is such that you certainly don't sit back and rest on your laurels because you get a slap in the face in football for that."
Blues clinch crucial win
Birmingham catapulted themselves out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone with a vital 2-1 victory over Bolton at St Andrew's.
Veteran Blues striker Kevin Phillips made the most of being handed his first league start of the season by opening the scoring in the fourth minute, the 37-year-old meeting Sebastian Larsson's corner and unleashing an effort that Jussi Jaaskelainen could not stop going in.
Craig Gardner made it 2-0 just before the hour mark with a strike that crashed in off the post and although Johan Elmander's reply for Wanderers set up a tense finale, the hosts hung on for three vital points.
The win moves Alex McLeish's team, who had started the day 19th in the table, up five places, although they remain only two points above the drop zone.
Birmingham appeared keen to make amends for their 3-2 home defeat to Bolton in the FA Cup quarter-final just three weeks earlier and having made a lively start, they took an early lead.
Gardner won a corner with a deflected shot and Larsson's delivery skimmed over the head of Roger Johnson before falling to Phillips, who rifled the ball in off Jaaskelainen.
Gardner tried his luck from outside the box three minutes later but his drive went across goal and wide.
Almost immediately, Elmander had a chance at the other end on the turn which he was unable to get much power on, Ben Foster collecting the ball comfortably.
Daniel Sturridge then cut into the box after finding some space only to blaze off target.
Lee Bowyer volleyed over in the 25th minute having received a bouncing ball across the area from Larsson and the Sweden winger then teed up Gardner, who struck wide from distance.
Bolton looked dangerous whenever they broke forward and after Sturridge had made weak contact with a header towards goal, he fired in a far more potent effort from the edge of the box which Foster got down to block.
The England goalkeeper then held on to a deflected shot from Elmander before seeing Kevin Davies lift the ball over the bar.
The hosts were soaking up a lot of pressure, but had a great chance to make it 2-0 in the 39th minute when Cameron Jerome raced on to a long ball.
He appeared set to stroke it past Jaaskelainen, but fluffed his lines and the opportunity was wasted.
Wanderers hit back again, with Sturridge bringing two more saves out of Foster, the second particularly impressive on the part of the Blues stopper as he pushed away a low, fierce strike from the on-loan Chelsea frontman.
Jaaskelainen then jumped to catch a header from Johnson in first half stoppage time.
Birmingham thought they had doubled their advantage three minutes after the restart but were denied by the assistant referee's flag, Jaaskelainen parrying Phillips' shot, the ball being headed back across goal and Larsson having his effort disallowed for offside.
Sturridge continued to cause problems for the Blues with another shot from the edge of the area, but soon after it was Jerome shaping to shoot, Gretar Steinsson just getting in to nod the ball away.
From the resulting corner, Jerome set up Johnson, whose attempt was pushed around the post in fine style by Jaaskelainen.
Four minutes later, though, the hosts had a second goal as Gardner played a delightful one-two with Jerome before slamming the ball beyond Jaaskelainen and in off the post.
McLeish shuffled his pack, introducing Keith Fahey and David Bentley for Bowyer and Stephen Carr, but with 20 minutes remaining, Bolton got themselves back in the game.
Skipper Davies chested the ball down for Elmander, who leapt to connect with it and power into the net.
Wanderers boss Owen Coyle, who had already brought on Lee Chung-yong for Tamir Cohen, added further attacking options from the bench in the shape of Ivan Klasnic and Matthew Taylor for Martin Petrov and Fabrice Muamba, while McLeish did likewise by throwing on top scorer Nikola Zigic for Jerome.
Bolton's search for an equaliser showed little sign of bearing fruit until the dying moments, when Birmingham were once again indebted to the efforts of their goalkeeper.
Foster first tipped a backwards header from Davies behind for a corner, and then produced an even better save to push Steinsson's header over the bar.
There was time for one last nodded effort by Gary Cahill before the final whistle which Sturridge could not stretch to reach.
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